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February 19th

Elizabeth Guckin

February 19, 2014

Elizabeth Guckin

PAWTUCKET - Guckin, Elizabeth-Ann D. (Doyle) "Betty-Ann" 77, of Pawtucket passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Doyle.
Betty-Ann worked as an RN in the pediatric unit at Rhode Island Hospital then continued on to the VNA of Pawtucket, where she retired.
She was the loving mother of Jeffrey Guckin, sister to Douglas Doyle, and grandmother to Erica Szostek and Eli Guckin.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Will the pension deal hold?

February 19, 2014

Editor's note: This column first appeared in The Times on Feb. 17. Read Jim Baron's column every Monday in The Times and The Call.

In the end, despite all their bravado and bluffing, neither the unions nor the state officials battling over the 2011 pension reform law wanted to take their chances on how the five wise souls of the RI Supreme Court would rule on the constitutional issue at stake: Can the General Assembly make legislative changes to employee pensions after the workers and retirees have spent their careers paying into the system?

Man pulls knife on crowd, police

February 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET—An intoxicated man accused a Pawtucket Police officer of striking him with his cruiser outside of a Walgreens pharmacy early Monday evening and then threatened a group of witnesses at knifepoint who sided with the officer, Pawtucket Police said.

February 18th

Firefighters OK contract

February 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In a nod to the current economy, the city and Pawtucket firefighters' union have agreed to a new, three-year contract that offers more in the way of job stability than pay increases. The City Council will be considering the pact for approval at Wednesday night's council meeting.

PC bows to No. 9 Villanova in double-OT thriller

February 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.

Crowley: "It's been awesome" coaching King Philip

February 18, 2014

For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams – and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girls’ basketball squads – Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowley’s transition to the Massachusetts girls’ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.

Helen M. Campbell

February 18, 2014

Helen M. Campbell

CUMBERLAND- Helen M. (Gontarski) Campbell, 76, formerly of East Barrows Street, passed away Monday at the Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Joseph "Soupy" Campbell.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Josephine (Wyzga) Gontarski.
She resided in Harrisville for the past 10 years, previously residing in Cumberland
Mrs. Campbell was employed as a welder for Texas Instruments Inc. for over 30 years until her retirement.

Edward F. Faulkner

February 18, 2014

Edward F. Faulkner

PAWTUCKET- Edward F. Faulkner of Pawtucket and formerly of Cumberland died on February 17, 2014. He was the husband of the late Rita (Bessette) Faulkner.
Mr. Faulkner was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late John and Anne (Dwyer) Faulkner.
He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he earned the Bronze Star. Mr. Faulkner worked as a mason/bricklayer for the Carlson Co., Gilbane Building Co., and J.L. Marshall & Sons for many years. He was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local 1.

February 17th

Asbestos abatement needed at Slater

February 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Another ceiling collapse, this time in an unused room at Slater Middle School, has prompted an emergency meeting of the School Committee to be held Monday night.

Interim Schools Supt. Patti DiCenso said the room, across from the assistant principal’s office, had been closed off for occupancy due to concerns about the stability of the ceiling during an inspection of the city’s older school buildings last summer. The inspection had been called after a drop ceiling in a basement classroom at the Potter-Burns Elementary School gave way last fall.

Five arrested after pistol-whipping incident at party

February 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It was an invitation that four young men could have done without.

Pawtucket Police say five people were arrested Sunday after allegedly pistol-whipping and robbing four men who had been lured to an after-hours party in the basement of a house at 85 Daniels St.

Leo D. Hervieux

February 17, 2014

Leo D. Hervieux

LINCOLN - Leo D. Hervieux, 87, passed away Monday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Jeanne (Lefebvre) Hervieux, and they had been married for 62 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Victor and Amanda (Messier) Hervieux. He resided in Lincoln since 1968, previously residing in Central Falls.
Mr. Hervieux was a United States Army Air Corps, World War II veteran, serving in Japan.
Leo was employed by the Lawson Hemphill Company for 29 years until his retirement.

Edward Niedzwiadek

February 17, 2014

Edward Niedzwiadek

PAWTUCKET - Edward Niedzwiadek, 88, of Owen Avenue, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Julia (Rogala) Niedzwiadek.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Koziol) Niedzwiadek. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 35 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Niedzwiadek was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II.
He was employed as a Machine Operator for the Texas Instruments Inc., for 20 years, retiring in 1986.

Angelina Michalopoulos

February 17, 2014

Angelina Michalopoulos

PAWTUCKET - Angelina Michalopoulos of Auburn Street, Pawtucket died on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
Angelina was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late George and Anna (Capethos) Michalopoulos. She worked in the textile industry in Pawtucket for many years.
Miss Michalopoulos was a lifetime member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, a member of the choir there and a member of the St. Barbara Ladies Club.

Robert F. Thurber

February 17, 2014

Robert F. Thurber

PAWTUCKET - Robert F. Thurber, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Catherine (Masse) Thurber. They were happily married for 58 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Clifford and Mary (Waldron) Thurber.

February 16th

Lincoln police HQ plan to be revised

February 16, 2014

LINCOLN – Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond will propose a revised plan to construct an addition to the police headquarters wing of the municipal complex when he presents his fiscal 2015 budget to the Budget Board on Wednesday.

The project to add a two-story addition and renovate the existing police department space had been proposed as a two-phase project last year, with the initial phase of approximately $1.9 million being appropriated for the new construction.

February 14th

Clippers remain in Division II playoff hunt after fending off Raiders, 60-58

February 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Friday’s Division II crossover at “The Cage.”

The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion – by calmly making their free throws.

Finally, a pension agreement

February 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE – A complex and intricate proposed settlement of the lawsuits challenging the watershed 2011 pension reform law provides minor sweeteners in benefits to state and municipal employees and retirees while preserving the lion’s share of the savings to state and local taxpayers.

Seventeen animals removed from condemned home

February 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In an apparent case of pet hoarding that has spiraled out of control, city officials on Friday condemned a house at 403 Liverpool St. and removed 17 animals that resided there.

Natalie L. Brodeur

February 14, 2014

Natalie L. Brodeur

WAKEFIELD - Natalie L. Brodeur, 87, of 681 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at home. She was the former wife of Henry J. Brodeur. Born in Mansfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Agnes (Lynds) Titus.
Mrs. Brodeur was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Kingston, a member and past president of VFW Ladies Auxillary Gatchel Post, Pawtucket, and The Faternal Order of Eagles, 29 Palms, CA. She was always lending a helping hand in a caring manner with a smile and generous concern.

Felix E. Sandoval

February 14, 2014

Felix E. Sandoval

CENTRAL FALLS - Felix E. Sandoval, of Earle Street, passed into eternal life on Tuesday after being stricken. He was the husband of Ana D. Sandoval. Born in San Manuel Chapparon Jalapa, Guatemala, a son of the late Jeronimo Maria Sadoval and Santos Maria Sandoval He has lived in Central Falls since 1984.

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